The “storm” never came. The mass executions of prominent Democrats didn’t happen. Former President Donald Trump didn’t declare martial law and institute a “New American Republic” via military coup. QAnon was a lie.
Of course, it was always a lie. The QAnon conspiracy theory’s basic claim — that our government is run by a secret cabal of Satanist, cannibalistic pedophiles who have been exposed by an unknown federal official dubbed “Q” and will be defeated by Trump — is false. It is a destructive fantasy, a world-scaled detective game that plays on adherents’ fears and tells them they are heroes, part of an army of secret-agent patriots by whose hand America will be saved.